A Minneapolis college student newspaper is being slammed after advising children how to participate in Black Lives Matter protests – and specifying some rules for white students to follow.
What are the details?
According to a Fox News report, the Feb. 15 issue of Justice Page Middle School’s Rhino Report contained an article titled “Protest Tips and Etiquette.”
The Rhino Report, according to the district, is a “community education publication of the Minneapolis Public Schools” and which “represents the views of students.”
The guide began: “After the murder of Amir Locke at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday, February 2, many of us are – and have been – taking to the streets to protest this injustice.”
Advice includes wearing nondescript clothes, bringing first aid kits and painkillers such as ibuprofen, and – but only if you’re white – avoiding addressing people during the protest.
The article said, “Wear indescribable clothes. Even if you are not breaking the law, law enforcement may still try to prosecute you, in these situations it is better to be paranoid than careless.
“When it comes to Black Lives Matter protests, if you’re not black, remember you’re here to show your support and amplify black voices,” the post continued. “ESPECIALLY if you’re white, if they offer the megaphone for someone to speak, it’s not for you. You are here to listen and show your support.
The article continued: “You are free to document things with your phone, but please don’t post anything with people’s faces/credentials, especially if it’s someone who makes art/graffiti.”
If arrested, the article advised, “[i]invoke your right to remain silent, ask for a lawyer, don’t consent to the police searching your phone, don’t consent to a DNA sample (they might say it’s standard procedure, it’s not case), insist that they give you a mask, if you are detained for more than 48 hours, it is most likely unlawful detention, which is a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights.”
What else is there to know about this?
The article followed the shooting death of 22-year-old Amir Locke, who was killed in a raid without a warrant – which the article said was a “murder”. The raid was carried out in connection with a possibly St. Paul, Minnesota-related murder, although Locke himself was not named in the warrant. Four days before the police shooting, authorities arrested Locke’s cousin, Mehki Camden Speed, 17, in Winona and charged him with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the St. Paul case, which is still under investigation.
An investigation into Locke’s shooting is still ongoing and no charges have been brought against law enforcement as of this writing.
Director of Parent Advocacy Education Erika Sanzi told the outlet that it was “inappropriate” for the school system to issue such advice to tweens “especially when they are for particular causes and vary depending on the race of the students.
“It’s also a problem that it was done behind the parents’ backs,” Sanzi added.
In a statement on the article, the district told the outlet that Minneapolis Public Schools values and encourages students to use their voice to speak out about things that matter to them.
“The Rhino Report newsletter is a student publication written by students in an after-school community education program,” the district statement continued.. “The publication represents the views of students, very similar to an editorial written for a newspaper.”